Steve Rannazzisi, who can currently be seen in the final season of The League as the hapless husband and father Kevin, somewhat famously got his start in comedy after deciding to leave New York to move to Los Angeles after he found himself situated in the World Trade Center on the morning of the 9/11 attacks. His original story dates to December, 2009, when he told the story to Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, which he has spoken about several times over the years. In it, Rannazzisi claims he was working for Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the South Tower when the first plane struck the North Tower. He also has said his wife (then girlfriend) was also supposed to have been in the towers when the planes struck, but had been delayed coming to work that morning.
After it came out this week that Merrill Lynch supposedly had no record of him working in either tower the morning of 9/11, Rannazzisi released a statement on Twitter Wednesday morning admitting that he had fabricated the series of events. Although Rannazzisi was working in New York City the morning of the 9/11 attacks, he was in Midtown when the planes hit.
Rannazzisi recently became a spokesperson for Buffalo Wild Wings, appearing in commercials for the fast-food chain, who say that they are now re-evaluating their relationship with the comedian pending a review of the facts.